Banter ramps up for Victory, Roar semi final


In 2016, he helped Brisbane Roar knock Melbourne Victory out in week 1 of the Hyundai A-League Final Series. Now James Donachie wants to turn the tables for the Big V this Sunday.

The imposing centre-back wore the orange of Roar last season as they beat Victory in week 1 of the Final Series, courtesy of a late Thomas Broich winner after an intoxicating finish to the game. 

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Having joined Victory in the off-season, Donachie says his former team-mates have been in touch this week.

“Definitely a bit of banter flying around, started as soon as they won [against Wanderers],” he told

“If I can do them over in this final, I’m probably going to be one of the happiest players on the park,” he laughed.


Victory come into Sunday’s do-or-die game in patchy form, having won just two of their past six matches.

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But Donachie says they can get the job done.

“That was on us, but we can look forward [now],” he said.

James Donachie, James Troisi.

“We’ve got something to achieve. We’ve got something to go out there and win.

“If we didn’t have motivation for this game we’d been in a lot of strife – but everyone does,” he added.


Brisbane Roar have the added pressure of a midweek Asian Champions League meeting with Muangthong United in Thailand on Wednesday night in the heat and humidity of Bangkok. 

“I’ve played ACL before, I know what it’s like,” said Donachie.

Brisbane Roar and Muangthong United played out a 0-0 draw at Brisbane Stadium on Tuesday night.

“It’s a lot of long flights. They’ve got the game Wednesday, so we’ll have a better idea who they take over and who they’re going to rest.

“But it’s a good advantage,” he said.

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